O’Rourke wins gold in Strandja.

Aoife O’Rourke has claimed a keynote title on her Road to Paris, by winning the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament middleweight gold.

261 boxers from 28 federations contested the tournament, hosted in Sofia by the Bulgarian Boxing Federation. Algeria, Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, China, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tukey, Turkey and Uzbekistan all fielded teams.

The middleweight, of Castlerea BC, Aoife meet Thailand’s Baison Manikon in bout 4 of Ring A’s Afternoon session. A Tokyo Olympian at welterweight, the southpaw is the reigning Asian U22 champion. Most recently Manikon contested the Asian Games against eventual winner, Lovlina Boroghain, whom Aoife bested at the Quarter Final stage of this tournament.

Aoife’s power, stamina and experience saw her through the bout, in which Manikon gave a good account of herself. None of the rounds was awarded by all judges to either boxer. The final score was 3-2, to the Tokoyo and Paris Olympian.

Aoife was, after the women’s finals were completed, named 1st runner up Best Female Boxer – Bulgaria was in first place and China in third.

Heavyweight, Jack Marley, was today bestowed with his bronze medal, following his semi final against Greece’s Vagkan Nanitzanian. He’s pictured here with Head Coach Zauri Antia.

Team

50kg Shannon Sweeney, St. Anne’s BC, Mayo*

54kg Niamh Fay, Phoenix of Ballyboughal BC, Dublin

57kg Michaela Walsh, Holy Family GG, Belfast

66kg Lisa O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

75kg Aoife O’Rourke, Castlerea BC, Roscommon

51kg Rickey Nesbitt, Holy Family BC, Drogheda

57kg Adam Hession, Monivea BC, Galway

63.5kg Dean Clancy, Sean McDermott BC, Leitrim

71kg Eugene McKeever, Holy Family, Drogheda

92kg Jack Marley, Monkstown BC, Dublin

92+kg Martin McDonagh, Crumlin, Dublin.

Draws are available here

Day One: Team Ireland didn’t box.

Day Two results are here

Day Three results are here

Day Four results are here

Day Five results are here